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Old 01-10-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Quartzsite getting colder this week

I was checking out the weather channel weather as we are leaving soon for Quartzsite soon . I see it;s going to get down to 29 or 28 degrees there later this week.
wondering if at all is anybody doing anything about maybe water tanks or black or grey thanks freezing at night, or does the heat from inside the MH keep it warm enough, I'm from sunny So. California and never if ever see this kind of temps and no I don't have any cellar heating, but thought maybe the heat from the inside might be enough to warm the cargo areas to just above freezing.
any ideas for concerns? and are you out there now? How are you dealing with the winds of today and tomorrow
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50 miles north of Q, right now and the winds are starting. Same forcast for this area, 4 nights of frost, plan to disconnect from park water ( to prevent hose from freezing ) and use onboard, overnight till the weather improves. Awning up and hunkered down for the winds.
Forcast from back home are all that I need to keep warm, 16f overnight, freezing rain,daytime, with snow on the way.
As bad as it gets here I'm still glad I'm not there.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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When you're staying in the coach with the furnace in use the compartments should be fine, if your really concerned a small electric heater, set on low with clearance for air movement will be all you need to handle light frost.
Boondocking set furnace around 50 for the night.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:34 AM   #4
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We are in SoCal at the moment and we have been getting mid 20's every so often at night here. We got a Pirit Heated water hose before the weather got cold but did not change out the regular one until the water finally almost froze about 2 weeks ago. Almost every one here at the RV park has had their line from the park to the coach freeze everytime it's gone below freezing. The hose is not cheap but it's kept ours from freezing anymore.
If you want to read about it here's the web site - PIRIT Heated Hose : The Only Cold Weather Heated Hose
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Yeah it's supposed to get down to 23 on Monday here in Bouse about 25 miles north of Q.
I have quick disconnects on the water softener and will bring it inside and set it in the shower. I will also disconnect the hose from the faucet. I have filled the fresh water tank.

I don't do anything unless it is forecast to drop below 29 or so.
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I hope your trip over from , warm So.Calif. doesn't involve I-5 and the Grapevine; just closed due to snow; the whole area is in for a winter blast.
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I've camped for years all over the So Cal deserts in the winter and Quartzsite too and never use the furnace overnight...never . It might get that cold briefly in the morning hours but by 10:00 am you can easily walk around in Windbreaker. We have enough blankets to keep warm and first one up to use bathroom around daylight switches on furnace and by the time you get awake the coach is warm. It's our style and I never worry about running out of Battery etc. Another reason for no furnace for us is the constant switching on and off keeps us awake. I can hear a cat walking on grass outside the Coach !! But you won't no problems with freezing tanks etc.
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If you have hook ups I would disconnect the external hoses, but other than that you should be fine. Unless temps *stay* freezing during the day your tanks will be ok. An overnight drop followed by normal daytime temps will not hurt your tanks. The only thing that might freeze from an overnight drop are those thin external hoses, so disconnect those. All the rest will be fine.
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No External hooks up we always boon dock at Quartzsite , My heater doesn't keep us awake but rarely use it as we like it cool at night, but in the morning with coffee we usually run it a little to get started moving around. I guess tonight thur sunday is one of the biggest cool nights there.
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I hope it warms up a bit! We are planning to head that way early next week. That is about the same weather that we have here. Hmmm.
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Left Q-site this morning and am now in San Diego area - Much warmer and little if any wind. GREAT!!!
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We've spent 3 New England winters in a TT and a Class A RV ... plenty of cold days and nights. I agree with the other posters, disconnect any external hoses (water and sewer) and you should be fine.

We do run a small, fan driven ceramic heater in our water bay when temps are sustained below freezing. We've only had one instance in the last 2 years when we had pipes freezing and that was because the circuit we were connected to tripped the breaker, and we forgot to reset the ceramic heater.

I discovered the nearly frozen lines when I went to brush my teeth at bedtime, and there was nearly no water pressure. I got a little worried, but went out and reset the heater and all was fine.
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I've camped for years all over the So Cal deserts in the winter and Quartzsite too and never use the furnace overnight...never . It might get that cold briefly in the morning hours but by 10:00 am you can easily walk around in Windbreaker. We have enough blankets to keep warm and first one up to use bathroom around daylight switches on furnace and by the time you get awake the coach is warm. It's our style and I never worry about running out of Battery etc. Another reason for no furnace for us is the constant switching on and off keeps us awake. I can hear a cat walking on grass outside the Coach !! But you won't no problems with freezing tanks etc.
Finally someone like us. We do the same thing and I think it was sparked by the sensor issue we had once which made the furnace cycle erratically. Now it works fine but we are resigned to the idea of not using up battery power and that the furnace fan keeps me awake.
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We are leaving in morning from So. Calif. for Quartzsite, hope it is not too windy, dang if the same thing didn't happen last year
when we left for Quartzsite. Bringing lots of blankets!!
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